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Old 08-31-2006, 03:57 AM   #19
TK-8252
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Originally Posted by Tyrion
That's pure 20/20 hindsight though.
No it is not, judging by the quotes I posted from Wikipedia. The U.S. knew very well that Japan was very weak.

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It would've been likely, had Hirohito chosen to surrender without the leverage of the atomic explosions, the Japanes military leaders (as some had been planning at the time) would have commited a coup-de-tat and ursup his power.
Now THAT we don't know if it would happen.

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Piling that on top of the immense war weariness the Allies had, and the potential American soldiers and Japanese civilian deaths involved should Japan have decided to resist were nearly as large or larger than those killed in the atomic explosions.
Again, I don't see why it's either "all-out ground invasion" or "nuke them all to hell." You put them in a box, like we had Saddam in.

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The atomic detonations, I believe, were the wisest solution at the time to show the Japanese we would win over them; whether in diplomacy...or complete annihilation.
Yes because terrorism and mass murder is a wise solution.

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The civilians were there and died as a side effect. Label it what you will.
Oh. So I guess the dead civilians were the "nausea and diarrhea" of the bombings. That makes perfect sense.
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